Rory Kinnear read English at Balliol College, Oxford before going on to study acting at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), graduating in 2001. Kinnear is well known for his extensive theatre work which includes critically acclaimed performances as Sir Fopling Flutter in the Restoration comedy “The Man Of Mode” (Olivier Award), Pyotr in “Philistines” (Ian Charleson Award), the title role in “Hamlet” (Evening Standard Best Actor Award), and Iago in “Othello” (Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Actor), all at The National Theatre.
Turning his hand to writing, Kinnear won the Critics Circle award for his writing debut “The Herd”, at the Bush theatre.
Kinnear has become a regular on television screens too, recently starring in bold dramas; Southcliffe, Penny Dreadful, Black Mirror, Lucan and The Casual Vacancy. Kinnear’s recent film credits include comedies Man Up and Cuban Fury and the critically acclaimed The Imitation Game as Detective Nock, and won a British Independent Film Award for his role in Rufus Norris’ Broken. This is Kinnear’s third instalment as Bill Tanner, having previously worked on Quantum Of Solace and Skyfall.